December 17, 2018
INTERSTATE 70 WILL CLOSE AT MISSOURI ROUTE 161/ROUTE J AT DANVILLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The night of Tuesday, December 18th, Interstate 70 will close in both directions at Missouri Route 161/Route J in Montgomery County for construction operations, including the installation of guardrail and removal of temporary barriers along I-70, under the newly constructed MO 161 bridge. During the I-70 closure, all traffic at Danville will be re-routed over the on and off ramps of I-70, and the outer roads will be closed as well to prevent access to and from I-70. The closure will begin at 8:00 p.m. the night of December 18th, and will reopen at 5:30 a.m. the morning of December 19th. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming closure.
CALLAWAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MAKES DRUG ARRESTS NEAR WILLIAMSBURG
Two deputies with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man and woman near Williamsburg over the weekend while out on patrol. According to the report, 40 year old Eric Marshal along with 25 year old Taylor Turkington are now facing charges including possession of drugs and drug related paraphernalia. Authorities say in addition to the drugs and paraphernalia charges, Marshal is also facing federal weapons charges.
FULTON POLICE MAKE DRUG ARRESTS SUNDAY
A news release from the Fulton Police Department indicates officers arrested two men on Drug Charges around 1am Sunday morning after a traffic stop where the passenger in the auto was found to be in possession of meth, cocaine, various pills and more. Yashim Smith was arrested and transported to the Callaway County Jail on 4 possession of a controlled substance charges along with suspicion of delivery and distribution. In addition it was also determined he was wanted on a Cole warrant for failure to appear on controlled substances charges as well as a no bond parole absconder warrant. The driver of the vehicle, Elmer Jackson was wanted on several warrants for failing to appear in court. He is now back in the pokey.
Weekend Report- December 15-16, 2018
TEENS INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two teens were injured in an accident that occurred at 9:35pm Friday in Lincoln County. The patrol says that 18 year old Jonathan Party of St. Charles was on Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment. He suffered minor injuries while his passenger 18 year old Luke Holtsclaw of Foley sustained moderate injuries. Both were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
MAN HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Cole County. 56 year old Andrew Watson of Bolivar was on US 54 when his cargo van ran off the left side of the road into the median, struck a road sign and overturned several times. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH
A Boonville teen was injured in a Friday night crash in Howard County. 19 year old Isaac Burns was on MO 87 when he failed to stop at a stop sign and his car impacted a ditch. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
December 14, 2018
MEXICO MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at approximately 8:29AM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Whitley in reference to a vehicle being rummaged through during the previous overnight hours and some change being stolen. The owner of the vehicle had some surveillance camera footage of the suspect. This led officers to Randy L. Jennings, age 52, of Columbia. As officers investigated Jennings’ activities during the timeframe of the theft, evidence was located linking him to the burglary of a home that occurred on December 11th, 2018 between 5:30PM and 11:00PM. Jennings was located in the 200 block of W. Love Street and taken into custody at about 11:37AM. He was processed at MPSD and later taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on Burglary 2nd degree and Stealing over $150.
MAN ARRRESTED AFTER MAKING VERBAL THREATS AT SCHOOL
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at about 8:42 AM, a disgruntled parent began causing a disturbance in the office at the Mexico Middle School. A School Resource Officer (SRO) was in the building but not in the office when the incident occurred, and the parent left prior to the SRO arriving in the office. The officer was advised that, prior to leaving, the disgruntled parent made threats towards the school to both a staff member and another parent who was near the office at the time. At approximately 9:26 AM, Mexico Public Safety officers arrived at the home of the disgruntled parent, Damion A Linder, age 36. Linder was taken into custody at about 10:43 AM, and transported to MPSD. He was processed and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Making a Terroristic Threat-3rd degree. Officers found no indication that Linder had immediate plans to act on his threat but the incident is still under investigation.
ONE OF MISSOURI’S LARGEST-EVER POACHING INVESTIGATIONS NEARING END
Southwest Missouri family has violations in multiple states and Canada - A Greene County man’s court sentencings in December in Barton and Lawrence Counties are the most recent events in what is one of Missouri’s largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer. On Dec. 13, David Berry Jr. of Brookline, received a 120-day sentence in Barton County Circuit Court for a felony firearms probation violation. On Dec. 6, he received a one-year jail sentence in Lawrence County Associate Court after pleading guilty to taking wildlife illegally on Oct. 11. The 120-day sentence Berry Jr. received in Barton County Circuit Court will be served in addition to the one-year sentence he received in Lawrence County. These convictions were made with information obtained from Operation Game Thief, a hotline sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri. Berry Jr.’s convictions are the tip of a long list of illegal fish and game activity by him and other members of his family. “It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years,” Lawrence County Conservation Agent Andy Barnes said. “It would be safe to say that several hundred deer were taken illegally.” Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter agreed. “Conservation investigators estimated that the group was responsible for killing hundreds of deer over a three-year period,” he said. “The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste.” What Barnes and Trotter were referring to were facts uncovered by several years of investigative work. On July 11, 2016, approximately 100 state, federal and Canadian wildlife officers simultaneously interviewed multiple suspects and other persons of interest in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Canada. Information gained from these and earlier interviews tied 14 Missouri residents to over 230 charges that occurred in 11 Missouri counties. Three suspects were tied to additional wildlife violations in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada. Two suspects were tied to Federal Lacey Act Wildlife violations that occurred in Kansas, Nebraska, and Canada. As part of this effort, MDC agents concluded an 8½ month investigation by serving arrest warrants on David Berry, Jr., David Berry, Sr., currently residing in Springfield, and Kyle Berry, Everton, on Aug. 31, 2016. Other individuals in Missouri also received summonses to appear in court on charges stemming from this investigation. Charges were filed in Lawrence, Linn, Shannon, Dade, Greene, Putnam, Harrison, DeKalb, Barton, Vernon and Benton Counties. Most of the Missouri violations were related to the illegal taking of deer. Most of the deer were trophy-class animals. In many instances, only the heads and antlers were removed. More than 300 charges were filed on this group in state, federal and international jurisdictions. Prior to the July, 2016 interviews, David Berry, Sr. and Eric Berry, 20, Everton, were convicted of taking game fish by hand in Dade County. During the 2017 firearms deer season, while awaiting his court appearance for violations from the 2016 investigation, Eric Berry and an accomplice were caught spotlighting in Lawrence County. To date, this group of poachers has paid $151,000 in bonds and $51,000 in fines and court costs and collectively served 33 days in jail. David Berry Sr. and David Berry Jr. had hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission. Eric Berry and Kyle Berry had hunting and fishing privileges revoked for 18 years and 8 years respectively. Jerimiah Cline, Republic, who took wildlife illegally and assisted the Berry’s, had hunting privileges revoked for five years. Information received this fall through Operation Game Thief led to the arrests of David Berry Sr. and David Berry Jr. for violating terms of their probation. David Berry Sr. has posted bond and is awaiting a probation revocation. People observing wildlife violations can report them through the Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111 or call the local conservation agent.
December 13, 2018
HOWARD COUNTY WRECK SENDS COLUMBIA MAN TO HOSPITAL
A Columbia man, 47 year old Russell E. Erquhart was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries after his pickup traveled off the left side of US Highway 40, a half a mile east of County Road 467 in Howard County. That wreck occurred at 12:24 PM Wednesday afternoon.
FARM BILL PASSES AND WILL SOON BE ON PRESIDENTS DESK
The measure got approval by an 87 to 13 vote. House members must approve the conference report on the comprehensive bill before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. Over the next decade, the Farm Bill will cost taxpayers $867 billion, much of it directed toward nutrition assistance programs that help feed the poor and stabilize markets for American producers. The House had wanted enhanced work requirements for recipients of SNAP, what had previously been known as food stamps. The conference committee bill left out that provision. The measure, however, included protections for agricultural producers like crop insurance, floor prices for commodities and new coverage for specific fruit, vegetable and grain crops. The Farm Bill comes up for renewal every five years. The previous bill expired on Sept. 30, and some programs have gone without funding since that date. Both chambers passed their versions of the Farm Bill in June, and the conferees have wrangled over the particulars in the time since. Leaders wanted to get the measure to the president’s desk by year’s end, partly because of the changing majority party in the House and largely because of the weak farm economy.
WARREN COUNTY DOCTOR SENTENCED TO 40 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING OPIOIDS AND MEDICARE FRAUD
Dr. Philip Dean a resident of Warren County, Missouri, was sentenced Tuesday to 40 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the amount of $312,377. Dr. Dean previously pled guilty to two felony charges, illegally distributing opiate medications and making a false statement to the Medicare program, on August 22, 2018. Dr. Dean was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.
According to his plea agreement, Dr. Dean operated a medical office in Warren County, Missouri. Dr. Dean had personal relationships with three women, living with these women for some time periods. While engaging in personal relationships with these women, Dr. Dean also prescribed them with prescription opioid pain relief medications, including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and several formats of Fentanyl. The two felony charges from Dr. Dean’s plea agreement involve two of these women.
Dr. Dean admitted in his plea agreement that his opioid prescribing decisions exposed these patients to a risk of serious bodily injury, given the potency and side effects of the drugs he was prescribing and the patients’ histories of drug problems.
This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Warrenton Police Department, and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
December 12, 2018
STATE TROOPER FINDS LARGE MARIJUANA STASH AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
The patrol reports a state trooper stopped a vehicle on I-70 in Cooper County Monday night just before 11pm after observing the vehicle running off the roadway and driving on the shoulder several times. The driver, 40 year old Homera Romero of Logan, UT was acting nervous when the trooper inquired about several duffle bags in plain view inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed what is believed to be approximately 95 pounds of marijuana in the duffle bags. Romero was arrested and has since been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a felony and at last word remains in custody in the Cooper County jail.
TWO KILLED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
Two people were killed in an accident that occurred at 10pm Tuesday in St. Louis County. 61 year old James Delia of Ballwin was westbound on I-44 when he suffered a medical emergency and traveled down the exit ramp over South Lindbergh Boulevard, returned to the exit ramp and went off the right side of the road, struck a fence and traveled into a pond. He was taken to Mercy Hospital South where he died from his injuries a short time later, meanwhile his passenger 70 year old Marjorie Hunt of Eureka was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.
TEEN HURT IN OSAGE COUNTY WRECK
A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Osage County. 16 year old Nevlee Litton of Belle, MO was on County Road 303 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
December 11, 2018
MARION COUNTY PROSECUTOR FOUND DEAD
The Prosecuting Attorney for Marion County was found dead Saturday morning. The Hannibal Police Department is reportedly investigating the death of Marion County Prosecutor David Clayton and that a family member found Clayton at his residence at 1:31 Saturday afternoon. The Marion County Corner Rich Jones would not comment further to Hannibal TV Station KHQA other than to say Clayton’s death is under investigation by the Hannibal Police Department and that the Hannibal Police Department is expected to release information to the media and public in the near future.
FAYETTE DRIVER INVOLVED IN BOONE COUNTY INJURY WRECK
The highway patrol investigated a two vehicle collision in Boone County at 9:10 am Monday. According to the report, 53 year old Michelle L. Howell of Fayette was eastbound on US 40 and was stopped behind another vehicle that was waiting to make a left turn. Another eastbound auto driven by 39 year old Tara Smith of Quincy, IL came upon another auto moving slowly. Smith’s auto traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and struck the rear of the Howell auto. Neither driver was injured; however a passenger in the Smith auto, 16 year old Abreanna R. Hamner of Quincy did have minor injuries and was transported to a Columbia hospital for treatment.
KIRKSVILLE SHOOTING – ARREST MADE
Your Source KTVO and KTVO.com reports Kirksville police have made an arrest in connection with a late-night shooting that injured a man. Officers were called to Kirksville Apartments at 2202 East Normal Avenue just before 11:55 p.m. Sunday for a report of possible shots fired. After an investigation, Jason Edwin Carroll, 29, of Kirksville, was later arrested. He is now charged with First-Degree Assault and Armed Criminal Action. Witnesses told police they heard loud yelling and gunshots come from the parking lot of the apartment complex. While police were at the scene, they were informed a man suffering from a gunshot wound had just walked into the emergency room at Northeast Regional Medical Center. It was reported at the time that the injuries were not life threatening. Investigators found spent 40 caliber and 9 millimeter casings in parking lot of the apartment complex. Carroll's girlfriend told officers she saw a couple of people get into a car and start to leave the parking lot. They pulled up next to the car Carroll was in, and she heard yelling back and forth. During that argument, the girlfriend heard three or four gunshots. She was not sure who had been shot. Both vehicles then left the area. Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Office later pulled Carroll over in the car that area law enforcement agencies has been told to be on the lookout for. Officers found a 40 caliber handgun inside the car. Carroll is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $150,000 cash-only bond.
December 10, 2018
MAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT
An Imperial man was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:45pm Sunday in Jefferson County. 21 year old Zachary Evans was on East Four Ridge Road when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and partially overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK
Another wreck occurred Sunday night in Jefferson County as the driver was on West Four Ridge Road when his truck traveled off the right side of the road and struck a pile of concrete debris. 39 year old Jason Williams of Ballwin sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.
TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH
A Bunceton teen was hurt in a Sunday morning crash in Cooper County. 16 year old Abbigayle Young was on Route B when her car ran off the roadway, she overcorrected and impacted a ditch. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
Weekend Report- December 8-9, 2018
WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK
A Gravois Mills woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 10:30am Saturday in Montgomery County. 65 year old Carol Murray was eastbound on I-70 when her car ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, went off the right side of the road and struck a berm. She was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MEXICO MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A Mexico man was injured in a Saturday afternoon accident in Boone County. The patrol says that 17 year old Chase Miller of Hallsville was stopped on Route B preparing to turn left into a private drive and as he began to turn left another car driven by 24 year old Robert Crowley of Mexico failed to stop and tried to pass the car, causing the front of it to strike the other one in the side. Robert Crowley sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH
A driver was injured in an early Sunday morning crash in Jefferson County. 72 year old Floyd McMillion of Barnhart was on US 61 when he attempted to turn right onto Liguori Road and his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road into a ditch and struck a concrete culvert. He was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
December 7, 2018
WEATHER RELATED ACCIDENTS NUMEROUS
Motor vehicle accidents were numerous yesterday (THURS) morning due to the fast moving weather system that dropped snow on area roadways. One of the more serious accidents injury wise involved a Clifton Hill and a Moberly resident. The patrol said59 year old Charles T. Gibson of Moberly was northbound on MO 3, ¾’s of a mile north of Mount Airy at 9:50 AM when his auto slid on the snow covered roadway and traveled into the path of a southbound auto driven by 18 year old Owen D. Thornburg of Clifton Hill. Gibson was seriously injured and transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Randolph County Ambulance.
AMENDMENT 2 PROVISIONS NOW IN EFFECT
In November, voters approved Amendment 2 which makes of legal for Missourians to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law restricts prescriptions of marijuana to those with certain types of diseases such as post traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, cancer and others. The Department of Health and Senior Services is still developing rules and regulations regarding the licensing of dispensaries and grow operations, as well as what patients will need to do in order to obtain the drug. The provision of Amendment 2 officially took effect yesterday and that makes Missouri the 32nd State in the United States to allow for medicinal purses the use of marijuana.
MACON ATTORNEY HAS BEEN DISBARED BY MISSOURI SUPREME COURT ORDER
Macon attorney Richard L. Winkie was disbarred following a November 20thMissouri Supreme Court order regarding allegations he converted client funds, mishandled trust accounts and knowingly deceived clients. The high court also ordered Winkie to pay $2,000 to the advisory committee fund in addition to all costs in the matter. Allegations against Winkie, in solo practice in Macon since 2009, stem from his representation of two couples in a real estate transaction and another client in a breach of contract case, according to Winkie's brief and that of the chief disciplinary counsel filed with the high court. The clients filed complaints with the chief disciplinary counsel after irregularities turned up in Winkie's operation of client trust accounts. An audit of the two accounts found issues that included insufficient documentation for cash withdrawals, payments to Winkie's employee and wife from the trust account, trust account funds used for personal and office expenses and deposits into the trust account from Winkie’s wife and his tenant. Unearned fees and personal funds also were found in the operating account, and the operating account periodically was overdrawn."Winkie's misuse of his trust account resulted in an untold number of instances of commingling and misappropriation," the chief disciplinary counsel's brief said. A disciplinary hearing panel later determined Winkie to have committed 16 professional conduct code violations and recommended he be disbarred. In his brief, Winkie did not dispute the allegations but said he should be placed on probation or stayed suspension with probation. Winkie said he had little prior experience managing a trust account but has since made a good faith effort to make restitution to his clients with interest, adding he did not charge them all or the full measure of potential legal fees, and he has been cooperative during the proceedings, according to his brief. Winkie had no prior record of discipline in Missouri, according to his brief.
December 6, 2018
SCHEDULE CHANGES AT DANVILLE INTERCHANGE WITH INTERSTATE 70
Missouri Route 161/Route J in Montgomery County has been closed as construction continues on the Interstate 70 interchange near Danville, but opened up this last Saturday to traffic. The plan was then to close the South Outer Road next week to begin work there. However, due to colder temperatures and ground conditions, the work planned for the South Outer Road has been postponed. It has not been determined at this time when the closure will occur, but it will likely be in the spring. We will pass that information on once a date has been determined. At this time, work will continue on finishing up signing, lighting, guardrail and other final pieces of the project. So please continue to use caution when traveling through the area and be aware of what is going on around you.
BREAK INS IN MEXICO UNDER INVESTIGATION
On Tuesday, December 4 at about 3:59AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to an alarm at a business in the 1300 block of W Monroe. Officers found that someone had broken a window to the business in an attempt to break in. The suspect(s) did not get into the business and were gone prior to MPSD arrival. While on scene, officers learned that someone had entered a neighboring business through a broken window and stolen around $200 in cash. Later in the day, it was reported that someone had broken into a nearby shed during the previous 48 hours and stolen a 1980 Kawasaki motorcycle. Also on Tuesday, Mexico Public Safety responded to the north central part of Mexico in reference to people going through vehicles and stealing items during the previous overnight hours. Officers learned of about 10 vehicles being rummaged through. Two of the vehicles had change stolen from them and another vehicle had a handgun stolen from it. None of the vehicles were damaged. Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477. People can also contact Mexico Public Safety directly at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
BETHEL MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON
A Macon County man is headed to prison for 10 years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor. In a report from your Source, KTVO and KTVO.com, the Kirksville Police Department said Jimmy Cunningham, 38, of Bethel, Missouri, was sentenced Tuesday in Adair County Circuit Court. Cunningham was arrested in August 2017 after he traveled from Macon County to Kirksville to meet up with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for a sexual relationship. The girl was actually an undercover detective with the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.
December 5, 2018
ST. LOUIS MAN KILLED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A St. Louis man was killed in an accident that occurred at 7pm Tuesday in St. Louis County. The patrol says that a truck driven by 33 year old Ryan Czajkowski of St. Louis was stopped in the roadway on I-170 due to a prior accident when his truck was struck on the right side by a car driven by 86 year old Gerald Prante of St. Louis. Gerald Prante was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital where he died from his injuries a short time later.
TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK
A Columbia teen was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Boone County. 16 year old Emmaline Luetkemeyer was on Ponderosa Street when she lost control on a slick bridge, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. She sustained minor injuries in the wreck.
IMPROVEMENTS TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN COOPER COUNTY
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case announced Tuesday that the USDA is investing more money in Missouri, this time over $8 million to five recipients across the state to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure. This time Cooper County Public Water Supply District # 1 is on the list. The District will use a $3,870,000 loan to make improvements to the District's water system. The funding will develop a well, construct a 200,000-gallon ground storage tank, make water main improvements that will connect both sides of the District, provide line improvements, and other system upgrades. These improvements will provide a safe and sanitary water system for the District’s 825 users. Also, the City of Clarksville will receive a $52,000 loan and $309,000 grant to improve the City’s water system. Planned improvements include a new storage tank, a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, and distribution line improvements throughout the City. Clarksville is located in a truly rural area in northeast Missouri, with a population of 442.
December 4, 2018
ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
One person was killed and two were injured in an accident that occurred after midnight Tuesday in Pike County. 28 year old Loel Chatman of Bowling Green was on US 54 when his truck began to slide on the ice covered bridge, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. He along with one of his passengers 36 year old Cinda Smith of Louisiana sustained moderate injuries while his other passenger 28 year old Don Weaver of Bowling Green was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Ambulance Personnel.
CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK ON I-70
An Overland Park, KS man was taken to University Hospital by ambulance for treatment following a one vehicle wreck at the 147 mile marker in the East bound lane of I-70 around 11:44 Monday morning. The patrol said 65 year old Henry H. Pittman was traveling in the left lane when another vehicle merged into the left lane cutting him off. Pittman avoided a collision by driving off the left side of the roadway onto the median, then over corrected. The car then returned to the roadway and off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned coming to rest on its top. The driver’s injuries were reported to be minor.
KAHOKA MAN SENTENCED FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORN
The United States Attorney’s Office reported last Friday, 42 year old Russell Eugene Wolf, of Kahoka, Missouri, was sentenced on Federal Charges to 198 months’ imprisonment for Producing Child Pornography. That figures out to 16 and a half years of federal prison time. The investigation showed that Wolf hid a camera in a bathroom to record an underage child while the child showered. The camera was disguised to look like a coat hook. The case was investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Kirksville Police Department and the Ames (Iowa) Police Department.
December 3, 2018
TRAGIC ENDING TO LOCAL MISSING PERSONS REPORT
A man who Moberly Police had requested assistance locating in a missing persons report and the subject of a Silver ENDANGERED advisory posted on Friday was discovered the next morning after being involved in a single motor vehicle crash. The Highway patrol investigated the crash and said a vehicle driven by 81 year old Donald R. McCreery of Moberly was discovered 2 miles west of Moberly at 8:15 AM Saturday morning where the vehicle had crossed the center of Route BB, traveled off the roadway, crossed a field and struck several trees. The body was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center by Randolph County Ambulance where 81 year old Donald R. McCreery of Moberly was pronounced deceased by the Randolph County Coroner. Moberly Police had issued the report early Friday asking for help locating the Moberly man and the accident wasn’t discovered until Saturday morning. It’s believed the wreck occurred late Friday night.
TWO ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX CRIMES
Two men in Callaway County were arrested over the weekend for child sex crimes. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reports 36 year old Ryan White of Holts Summit was arrested Saturday on multiple counts of child molestation and statutory sodomy involving a child under the age of 14. He was also charged with four counts of enticement of a child. He was later released after posting the court ordered $100,000 bond. 39 year old Christopher Reltner of Fulton was arrested on charges of having g sex with a child under the age of 12. Authorities say the two arrests are not related case wise but both did involve extensive investigation work.
PAROLE ABSCONDER ARRESTED AND FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES
It didn’t take long for Callaway County authorities to locate and arrest a man who left a child behind at a traffic stop and fled the scene. Friday night, a deputy with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle near Williamsburg. In addition to the driver, a small child was located in the backseat. The driver reportedly gave the deputy a false name and while the deputy was checking the information and working to figure out the driver’s true identity, the man removed the child from the vehicle and drove off. It was soon determined the man behind the wheel was David Jones and was wanted by the Department of Corrections on an absconder warrant for violating the terms of his parole. The child left behind was identified and reunited with a family member. The vehicle Jones was driving had been located Saturday after a tip was provided about an abandon vehicle and then Saturday night, Jones was located and arrested at a residence near Fulton. Jones was being held without bond on the parole absconder warrant pending pickup by the Department of Corrections and now faces additional charges in Callaway County.
MU & OKSTATE TO FACE OFF IN LIBERTY BOWL
The MU football team has been invited to a bowl game and will face former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State on Monday, Dec. 31 at 2:45 p.m. in the Liberty Bowl which will be played in Memphis, Tennessee. The last time MU faced the Cowboys was in the Cotton Bowl, back in 2014 where Mizzou prevailed and won 41-31. The tigers are on a four-game winning streak while Oklahoma State has lost three of their last four games. Missouri is 29 – 23 overall against the Cowboys and as usual, East Central Missouri’s Home for MU Football, 103.9 FM, KMCR will have the game live from Memphis.
Weekend Report- December 1-2, 2018
MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:50am Saturday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 41 year old Fancy Reid of Trinity, NC was westbound on I-70 when she slowed for traffic and her freightliner was struck in the rear by a Dodge Durango driven by 51 year old Raymond Combs of High Hill. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A teen was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Montgomery County. The wreck happened as two cars were eastbound on I-70 when one of them had parts fall off and struck the other causing it to strike the median barrier. 19 year old Courtney Elliott of St. Louis suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital for treatment.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH
A man was seriously injured in an ATV crash late Friday night in Franklin County. 26 year old Preston Grimminger of Robertsville was riding his ATV on West Linda Lane near Oak Grove Church Road when it traveled off the right side of the road and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
November 30, 2018
MINOR INJURIES FOR A MEXICO MAN AND A VANDALIA WOMAN IN TWO CAR CRASH
The highway patrol said the accident occurred on US 54 at Van Far High School just before 5pm Thursday when a car driven by 50 year old Holly J. Willoughby of Vandalia struck the rear of another auto which happened to be a Audrain County Sheriffs Department patrol vehicle driven by 43 year old Justin S. Landis of Mexico, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Department which was stopped in traffic waiting to make a left hand turn. Landis was transported by Van Far Ambulance to SSM Audrain Hospital in Mexico. Willoughby was also transported to SSM Audrain Hospital by private auto.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE WELCOMES SPECIAL HOLIDAY DELIVERY
On Friday from 10am until noon at St. Louis Main Post Office 1720 Market St. St. Louis MO 63155
The St. Louis Post Office will host a holiday event for customers and kids of all ages and welcome a special holiday guest. Santa will offer holiday greetings including a special Santa Letter mailbox where all letters will receive a response. Postal representatives will be on hand to demonstrate how to use the lobby self-service kiosks, which are available 24/7 offering a convenient mailing resource for customers during the busy holiday season. Holiday mailing tips will also be featured.
PATROL ADDRESSES COLD WEATHER WATER SAFETY
Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages extra caution around Missouri’s many lakes and rivers during the colder months of the year. Whether you are repairing your dock in the off season or a committed fisherman, it’s important to respect the risks of being near water in the colder months and plan accordingly. The following information could save your life:
Cold water shock occurs when the body is suddenly immersed in cold water. Once the trunk of the body goes under, the blood vessels will constrict to conserve core body heat. This response, in turn, can cause a sudden increase in heart rate and blood pressure—in some cases resulting in cardiac arrest. Cold water shock also can cause involuntary gasping reflex. When the body hits the water, cold water shock can cause the overboard boater to gasp for air, but inhale water which causes the boater to drown.
Most boaters wear more clothing this time of year, so the proper wearing of life jackets and using caution to avoid falling overboard is even more important. Hypothermia is also a concern. The body loses heat 25 times faster in water than in the air. Lifejacket use becomes even more important in cold water because hypothermia can quickly rob the body of the ability to perform the most basic tasks and drowning is always a concern. If you wind up taking an unexpected plunge into cold water, it is vital to get out of the water and into dry clothes as soon as possible. If dry clothes are not an option, leave the wet ones on. Even wet clothes will offer some insulation and trap body heat. A warm drink can be given to someone suffering from hypothermia as long as they are conscious. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided. Drinks with sugars for quick energy are preferable.
Hypothermia can be deadly even if you are wearing a PFD, so it is important to never go boating alone in the winter. If no one knows you are in trouble, no one can help.
Ice and heavy snow combinations have caused major damage to boat docks in the past. The extra weight of snow and ice can cause such structures to collapse. The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to caution dock owners about attempting to remove snow and ice from their docks during inclement weather. It is very easy to end up in the water accidentally. Due to the extreme cold water, hypothermia can set in quickly and render a person helpless in the water.
If dock owners insist on being on docks during icy conditions, life jackets should always be worn. Use the buddy system to make sure that someone is there to assist you if you end up in the water. Remember that damaged electric wires around docks should be treated as if they are live. Any boats operating in areas of where major dock damage has occurred are encouraged to operate at no wake idle speed, to prevent further damage to docks already under the added stress off heavy snow and ice.
Youngsters are easily attracted to ice covered private ponds for skating and playing. The only "safe" ice is the ice at a skating rink. Ice forming on lakes, rivers, and ponds place a person at much greater risk due to natural variables. It's impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appearance or daily temperature. Missouri’s temperatures are fluctuating this time of year, so the construction of ice is unpredictable. Stay alert!
Many ice victims start out as would-be rescuers. To prevent this from happening, do not go onto the ice to rescue another person or retrieve a pet. To aid someone who has fallen through the ice, the first step should be calling for emergency services. A local fire department should have the quickest response time, the proper equipment, and have trained to handle ice emergencies. Rather than going onto the ice to attempt rescuing someone, you should extend a ladder, pole, or rope to a victim along with something that will float.
If you find yourself in the position of needing to be rescued from an ice-covered waterway, there are techniques that should be followed for self-rescue. Try not to panic. Face the direction you came from and spread your arms out on the unbroken ice. Kick your feet and try to pull yourself onto the ice. Once out of the water, do not attempt to stand. Lying on the ice keeps your weight distributed. Roll away from the hole then crawl across the ice back to solid land.
November 29, 2018
COW IN ROADWAY RESULTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK
Minor injuries were reported after a vehicle struck a cow in the roadway in Montgomery County at 5:47 Wednesday morning. The patrol said the accident occurred on Route P, 1 mile south of Route K when 26 year old Candice L. Payne of Americus, MO was southbound and her vehicle struck a cow that had entered the highway. Payne was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington.
THIS TIME OF YEAR ALWAYS BRINGS AN INCREASED NUMBER OF FIRES
Last Friday at approximately 2:40PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1600 block of Christopher Drive in reference to a fire in a bathroom. Responding personnel found that there had been a small fire in the window sill of the bathroom, but it had been extinguished prior to MPSD arrival. It was determined that the fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking material. Then, on Sunday, at approximately 12:11PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of N Washington in reference to a vehicle burning near a shed. Responding personnel found a 1996 Chevrolet SUV, with a fire in the passenger compartment. The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the front passenger area suffering significant fire damage, but the rest of the vehicle having only minimal damage. It was determined that the vehicle owner had been soldering a door then left the vehicle after he thought it had cooled. There were no injuries from either incident. Then on Monday, at approximately 12:54PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Jeffries in reference to a house fire. Responding personnel found fire coming from a back bedroom window of the home. Personnel gained access, and fire was found in one bedroom and spreading to another. The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the back bedroom suffering severe fire damage and the rest of the house suffering some heat and smoke damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries.
THANKSGIVING DAY INCIDENT RESULTED IN SEVERAL CHARGES FOR MEXICO WOMAN
On Thursday, November 22, 2018, at approximately 5:24PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Garfield in reference to a disturbance involving a woman trying to run a man over with a car. As officers were responding, it was reported that a gun was also being fired. As officers arrived in the area, they heard a gunshot. Officers located Avianna Dorsey, age 21 of Mexico, in the area and found her to be in possession of a gun. As officers attempted to secure the gun and detain Dorsey, she attempted to run. Officers were able to physically control Dorsey and she was taken into custody without injury. She was processed at MPSD and was taken to the Audrain County Jail for the offenses of Assault 4th Degree, Unlawful Use of Weapon, and Resisting Arrest. No one else involved in the disturbance reported any injuries.
November 28, 2018
CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK NEARLY HEAD ON
The patrol said a nearly head on crash occurred on County Road 372, just west of County Road 371 in Callaway Co at 4:40 PM Tuesday. According to the report, 32 year old Cassie R. Evans of Holts Summit was eastbound when her auto crossed the center of the roadway and struck a westbound auto driven by 70 year old Patsy A. Fletcher of New Bloomfield nearly head on in a curve. Fletcher sustained minor injuries while a passenger in the Evans auto, 34 year old Summar J. Giorgione of Excello received moderate injuries. Giorgione was taken to University Hospital by Callaway County Ambulance. Fletcher was taken by Callaway County Ambulance to St Mary's for treatment.
MEXICO THEFTS UNDER INVESTIGATION
During the morning hours of 11/23/18, Mexico Public Safety responded to the northwest section of town in reference to several vehicles that had been broken into during the previous overnight hours. MPSD learned that four vehicles had items stolen from them in that timeframe. Items stolen included money, hand tools, and medication. One of the victims reported their vehicle was also “keyed.” There was no other damage reported from any of the incidents. That same day at approximately 11:54PM, MPSD responded to the area again in reference to a suspicious vehicle. An alert citizen provided a good description of a vehicle and some people who had just been seen in the area. Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle were likely involved in the burglary of a home. No one was at the home when the burglary occurred. All reported incidents are still under investigation. Anyone with information about these or any other crimes are asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTED SHOOTING INCIDENT
KMIZ TV says Moberly police confirmed they are investigating a shooting that happened Thanksgiving night. According to the report on the KMIZ website, police said they got called to the 900 block of North Ault Street around 9:43 p.m. for a shots-fired report. When officers arrived, they found at least one shell casing on scene and several witnesses confirming a disturbance took place and one shot was fired. Police said the investigation is ongoing, but due to lack of cooperation and several inconsistent statements, no arrests have been made.
November 27, 2018
NINE FATALITIES OVER 2018 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the following:
2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Statistics
Crashes ─ 587
Injuries ─ 108
Fatalities ─ 9
DWI ─ 86
Drug Arrests ─ 67
MINIMUM WAGE IN MISSOURI WILL GO UP JANUARY 1st
Changes in the Minimum Wage Rate in Missouri take effect on January 1st.When voters passed Prop B earlier this month, not only did it increase the minimum wage to $8.60 per hour beginning Jan. 1st, now Employers will also be required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, plus any amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $8.60 per hour. Proposition B also prohibits Missouri's minimum wage from falling below the federal minimum wage. The law does not apply to public employers or retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. The minimum wage will increase 85 cents per hour each year through 2023, reaching $12.
BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOTING
What started for Boone County Sheriff’s Department as a call regarding shots being heard in the area quickly turned into a homicide investigation. Deputies were initially dispatched to the 5700 block of Limoges Drive at 11:17 pm Saturday night for a report of shots being heard and when they arrived on scene found 24 year old Ahmonta Harris of Columbia inside a residence with gunshot wounds. Authorities said Harris died at the scene. No additional information is being released at this time as authorities continue their investigation.
November 26, 2018
New Franklin Driver Killed in Friday Afternoon Wreck
A New Franklin woman was killed in a single vehicle wreck that occurred on Friday afternoon along US 40 in Howard County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a westbound vehicle driven by 62 year old Clara Silva ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned, and struck a tree before coming to rest on its top. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Coroner.
Auxvasse Driver Injured in Audrain County Wreck
A driver from Auxvasse was injured in an accident that happened early Saturday morning along route DD in Audrain County. According to the Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a Northbound vehicle driven by 29 year old Nathan Coleman traveled off the left side of the roadway across route D and through a fence. He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Hillsboro Driver Seriously Injured in Sunday Morning Accident
A driver from Hillsboro was seriously injured in a one vehicle wreck that occurred on Route Y North of Rend road at 11:08AM Sunday in Jefferson County. According to the Highway Patrol the accident happened when a Northbound vehicle driven by 83 year old Nancy Hite traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert, and overturned. She was seriously injured and was transported to Mercy Hospital by St. Louis Survival Flight.
November 21, 2018
TWO COLUMBIA MEN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH
Two men were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after a single vehicle crash on Route O, just north of Terraphin Hills Road at 2:25pm Monday afternoon. 29 year old Shane R. Jones of Columbia was behind the wheel when the auto traveled off the roadway and struck an entrance to a field. At that point, the vehicle became airborne and overturned, coming to rest upright. Both Jones and his passenger, 28 year old Dustin R. Berryhill of Columbia both received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.
MORE TROOPERS ON THE JOB OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PERIOD
If it seems more state troopers are out and about enforcing the states laws on the highways, chances are you’re right! Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, says that Troop F is participating in enforcement operations throughout the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The objective of these operations is to promote safety and reduce traffic crashes. Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop F and throughout the state are participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort). In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop F will also participate in special enforcement operations throughout the holiday period beginning on Wednesday, November 21, and ending on, Sunday, November 25. During these operations, State Troopers are targeting all traffic violations and will be especially vigilant to excessive speed, careless and imprudent driving, and aggressive driving violations. Troopers will also be available to help motorists in need of assistance. Last Thanksgiving, there were more than 400 crashes in which 116 people were hurt and 15 killed.
Troopers also arrested more than 100 people for driving while intoxicated.
MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT TIES RECORD LOW
Missouri’s unemployment rate tied a record low in October, edging down another tenth of a point to 3.1 percent. In the history of the data set, the only other time the state’s unemployment dropped this low was from October 1999 to January 2000. The unemployment data series goes back to 1976.
The jobless rate has decreased by a tenth of a point in each of the past five months and is now half a point lower than it was in October 2017. Missouri’s rate has been below the corresponding national figure for 42 consecutive months.
The state’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 2.3 percent in October, compared to the U.S. figure of 3.5.
Missouri nonfarm payroll employment grew by 4,000 jobs in October. In addition, September’s employment figure was revised up by 2,400, bringing the September jobs gain to 5,700. In the three months since July, Missouri employers have added 12,500 jobs.
Employment gains in October were concentrated in the private service-providing industries. Accommodation and food services added 2,500 jobs, while professional, scientific, technical services, health care and social assistance each added 1,600. In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing employment increased by 800 jobs.
Over the past year, Missouri nonfarm payroll has grown by 44,600 jobs, or 1.6 percent. Professional and business services employment grew by 12,600 over the year, while health care and social assistance added 12,100 jobs. Leisure and hospitality employment was up by 9,100, while durable goods manufacturing increased by 8,100.
November 20, 2018
FULTON DRIVER IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK
A one vehicle accident in Ralls County on Route H, 5 miles north of Center around 8:40am Monday morning resulted in just minor injuries. According to the report, 23 year old Katherine A. Ellison of Fulton was northbound when she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. The driver overcorrected again and the auto went off the left side of the road and struck a ditch. The driver was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A Mexico woman was injured in a Monday afternoon crash in Audrain County. 44 year old Misty Brewer was on MO 22 when her Jeep crossed the centerline, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. She was taken to SSM Health in Mexico for treatment of moderate injuries.
IMPAIRED AND IMPATIENT: MODOT WARNS OF TRAFFIC TRIFECTA AROUND THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
As thousands of Missouri drivers travel home to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends this week, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging them to exercise patience, caution and good judgment behind the wheel. The holiday week brings a trifecta of concerns to the roadway, including impaired driving, distracted driving and heavy interstate congestion.
The night before Thanksgiving, often referred to as “Blackout Wednesday,” has become a popular night for get-togethers at bars before the holiday, often resulting in heavy drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, making it the deadliest holiday on our roadways.
Like Blackout Wednesday, Black Friday brings another hazard to Missouri roadways. On a day notoriously associated with impatient shoppers, MoDOT urges drivers to keep the online shopping out of the driver’s seat.
The likelihood of a distracted-driving incident increases during the holidays, as there are more drivers on the road. Rounding out the trifecta of holiday traffic concerns, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the most popular travel days of the year, according to AAA, as most holiday travelers head home after a long weekend.
November 19, 2018
CULVERT WORK PLANNED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 161 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 26-30, MoDOT will close Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery County, from the Danville outer service road to Missouri Route 19, for culvert work. The work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day. The road will be reopened each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
ROUTE 87 IN HOWARD COUNTY TO CLOSE
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace cross pipes on Route 87 between County Road 312 and County Road 338. The work will close one lane of Route 87 from 8am until 3pm Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 30 with occasional full closures of the road likely. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area.
THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 2:45pm Sunday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 16 year old Jackson McBrien of Kansas City KS was westbound on I-70 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned down a steep embankment. He suffered minor injuries, while one of his passengers’ 42 year old Robert McBrien of Kansas City, KS sustained serious injuries and also 63 year old Ronald Bruner of Lansing, MI sustained moderate injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Weekend Report- November 17-18, 2018
MAN KILLED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man was killed in an accident that occurred at around 12:30am Saturday in Cole County. The patrol says that 30 year old Richard Lowry of Eugene, MO was on Highway 54 when his Chevy Suburban traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground, became airborne and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH
A Linn teen was seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Osage County. 16 year old Owen Robinson was on MO 89 when his car ran off the left side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to run off the right side of the roadway and strike a tree. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
AUXVASSE DRIVER HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY WRECK
An Auxvasse driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Audrain County. 17 year old Victor Daniels was on US 54 when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, returned to the road, went across the right side of the road, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest against a tree. He was taken to SSM Health in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries.
November 16, 2018
MAN KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY CAR SOUTH OF MOBERLY
A 39 year old Moberly man, John C. Redelfs was killed when he was struck by a southbound vehicle on US 63 in the southbound lane, two miles south of Moberly at 5:45 last night. The patrol said 34 year old Erin L. Steapleton of Moberly was southbound on US 63 and struck the pedestrian in the right driving lane. The investigation is continuing. Redelfs was pronounced dead at the scene.
SEVERAL ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA
A Clifton Hill man, 76 year old James Grisham was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries after his vehicle went off the right side of MO 154, 1 mile east of Paris at 2:40 pm Wednesday. A Boonville driver, 34 year old Brandon Moore had minor injuries after he swerved t avoid a deer on US 24, 2 mile southeast of Huntsville at 1:45am Thursday. His vehicle went off the right site of the road and struck several trees. 72 year old William Hand of Excello had minor injuries when he lost control on a patch of ice on Route F, 6 miles north of Clifton Hill at 11am Thursday. His vehicle traveled off the road and overturned. Hand was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon by private auto. A. LaGrange man, 26 year old Treavor Bailey had minor injuries when he was southbound on county road 2270 south of Moberly at 4:30 PM yesterday and lost control on ice covered roads. His vehicle ran off the road and came to rest in a creek. He was transported to the VA Hospital in Columbia. A two vehicle crash on MO 6, one mile west of Novinger at 6:13 last night resulted in injuries for two people. 40 year old Vannick Itombo of Kirksville was eastbound and overtaking vehicles on a hillcrest and his vehicle struck another eastbound vehicle driven by 38 year old Tracie Waley of Novinger in the side as he was merging back onto the lane of traffic. Two passengers in the Itombo auto had injuries and were taken to Northeast Regional Hospital.
PARIS WOMAN HITS UTILITY POLE IN MEXICO WEDNESDAY
Wednesday at approximately 5:55AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a location on East Love near Coal in Mexico in reference to a vehicle hitting a utility pole. Responding personnel found that Darla McClain, age 47 of Paris was traveling eastbound on Love when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the pole and street lamp. McClain stated she fell asleep at the wheel. Her vehicle was towed from the scene and Ameren responded to assess and repair damage to the pole. McClain was not injured in the crash.
November 15, 2018
ROADS SNOW COVERED, I-70 SLOW GOING
From about Frankford in Pike County to Mexico in Audrain County and south past Interstate 70, heavy snow is contributing to challenging driving conditions. All available Missouri Department of Transportation crews are plowing and have been all night. "We have anywhere from four to six inches of snow in those areas, and it is still snowing," said MoDOT Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Jennifer Hinson, P.E. She indicated there is still slow moving traffic along I-70 near Mineola Hill (mm 169) where tractor trailers have a hard time climbing the hills in these conditions, despite constant treatment on the road. All drivers in those areas are encouraged to consider delaying their trip if possible until road conditions can be improved.
DEADLY I-70 CRASH WEDNESDAY
Westbound Interstate 70 was closed the majority of the afternoon while authorities determined what caused the crash that killed 4 people and involved 6 vehicles including two tractor trailer units. The crash near the Route Z exit immediately shut down both lanes of the Interstate and traffic was backed up for hours before the highway was re-opened. A spokesman for the Boone County Fire Protection District said the crash was triggered by an earlier traffic backup that resulted from a vehicle fire. MoDOT said the accident occurred around noon. By 4:30 pm, all lanes had re-opened. The patrol was not releasing names or other details until next of kin have been notified.
MISSING PERSON FOUND DEAD AT MARK TWAIN LAKE-FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED
A St. Louis woman whose vehicle was discovered at Mark Twain Lake on Monday and who was the subject of a news release from Troop B of the Highway Patrol requesting assistance from the public in locating the individual has been found. A State Park Ranger noticed the unattended vehicle Monday at a boat ramp parking area in Mark Twain Lake State Park on highway 107. When the vehicle was still there Tuesday, it was determined the woman was missing and a missing persons report was filed. Authorities searched the area around the boat ramp with no success. Yesterday (Wednesday) morning, a pilot flying a private plane in the area spotted a body floating in Mark Twain Lake, south of the boat dock area where her vehicle was located. As it turned out, that body was that of the St. Louis woman. Authorities said foul play is not suspected
November 14, 2018
NEARLY 100,000 DEER HARVESTED OPENING WEEKEND
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 99,567 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of the fall firearms deer season Nov. 10 and 11. Of the 99,567 deer harvested, 55,887 were antlered bucks, 9,573 were button bucks, and 34,107 were does. Top harvest counties for opening weekend were Franklin with 2,057 deer checked, Callaway with 1,971 and Benton with 1,875. Last year, hunters checked 94,886 deer during the opening weekend of the 2017 November portion of firearms deer season. The November portion of fall firearms deer seasons continues through Nov. 20. Archery deer season opens again Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. The late youth portion runs Nov. 23-25. The antlerless portion runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019.
BUILDING FIRE IN MEXICO
Monday morning at approximately 7:30AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2000 block of W Boulevard in Mexico in reference to a fire in an industrial building. Responding personnel found that there had been an uncontrolled fire in and around one of the building’s furnaces. Staff had almost completely extinguished the fire using building fire extinguishers, and had moved employees to an area of safety prior to MPSD arrival. Mexico Public Safety located a few small fires still burning in the furnace and adjoining ductwork. Those were extinguished with no further damage being done to the building.
TASK FORCE RESCUES STARVING HORSES IN HARRISON COUNTY
16 Starving Horses were rescued from neglect in Harrison County last Thursday. In addition, four recently deceased and seven other dead horses were also found on the property and one downed horse was humanely put to death on Thursday. The 16 severely malnourished horses were removed from a 16-acre property in northwestern Harrison County and range in age from foals to 12 years old. After being contacted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, a Humane Society of Missouri animal cruelty investigator visited the property early last week and the owner admitted she could no longer properly care for so many horses. She agreed to voluntarily surrender the 16 horses in the worst condition to the Humane Society of Missouri and also agreed to secure adequate food and proper veterinary care for three additional horses remaining on the property within a specific time period. The rescued horses were transported to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo., for what will be a lengthy rehabilitation before they can be made available for adoption. Donations to help with the care of these horses may be made online at www.longmeadowrescueranch.org or by calling 314-951-1542.
November 13, 2018
CULVERT WORK CONTINUES FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE DD
Weather permitting; Tuesday thru Friday and next Monday and Tuesday MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route DD from Montgomery County Route E to Montgomery County Route A for culvert work. The work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day. The road will be reopened each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
PERRY WOMAN DIES AFTER CAR OVERTURNS IN AUDRAIN COUNTY
The patrol said the accident occurred at 4:50 Sunday afternoon on US 54 – five miles west of County Road 71 in Audrain County. 41 year old Bonnie Haying of Perry was westbound and lost control of her vehicle. The auto traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Haying and a passenger, 21 year old Lucas S. Kerr of Perry were both transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. Kerr received moderate injuries. Haying succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:50 pm, one hour after the accident occurred.
NAME RELEASED OF DEER HUNTER KILLED SUNDAY AFTER BEING SHOT
Authorities have now released the name and additional details on a deadly shooting Sunday in Macon County. The Macon County Sheriff’s office said they were dispatched to a hunting cabin located in the area of Route J and Highway 3, west of Atlanta where a man was suffering from a gunshot wound. That man was identified as 70 year old Charles T. Bark of Marengo, IL. Investigators determined that as the group of hunters were preparing for their morning hunt, another hunters’ gun accidentally discharged and the bullet struck Bark. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Macon County Coroner.
November 12, 2018
DEER HUNTING ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE MAN DEAD
A deer hunter is dead after an accidental shooting just west of Atlanta over the weekend. KTVO and KTVO .com is reporting the shooting happened Sunday. Authorities say the incident happened at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway J. Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker confirmed that this accidental shooting was hunting related, and resulted in a fatality. Because the investigation is ongoing, the name of the victim and the details surrounding the shooting has not been released. On Saturday, opening day of the firearms deer season Lewis County authorities were called to a location on State Highway Y, in rural Lewistown at 4:20 AM after an Arnold, MO man was accidentally shot by a fellow hunter and friend, also of Arnold as they were preparing for the morning hunt. The Lewis County Sheriffs office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Lewis County Ambulance Service.
FULTON MAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES
KMIZ.com reports a Fulton man has been charged with attempted burglary and assault after Callaway County deputies said he tried to break into a home in the 7000 block of County Road 411 on Friday night. Deputies responded to a call about a burglary in progress and identified 45 year old Scott Skaggs, as a suspect. They found him a short time later walking near the victim's residence. They arrested him but law enforcement said he attacked a deputy when he was taken to a local hospital. Skaggs is being held in the Callaway County Jail on a $6,000 bond. He is also charged with violating an order of protection. The Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.
ICY ROADWAYS TO BLAME FOR FATAL WRECK IN MARION COUNTY FRIDAY AFTERNOON
The highway patrol said an ice covered roadway played a role in a fatal wreck in Marion County at the intersection of US 61 at Business US 61 just south of Palmyra shortly after 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. The major crash investigation unit said 42 year old Larry Parkes of Philadelphia was southbound on US 61 and lost control on the icy roadway and struck a guardrail. The vehicle overturned coming to rest against a tree. Parkes was pronounced dead on the scene. His body was taken to Lewis Brothers Funeral Home in Palmyra. A passenger, 35 year old Kelli M. Walker of Philadelphia, MO had serious injuries and was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Marion County EMS.
Weekend Report- November 10-11, 2018
FULTON TEEN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Fulton teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:45am Friday in Callaway County. 18 year old Bailey Crane was on Route J when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in St. Charles County. 42 year old Michael Runzi was on Highway 94 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a patch of ice, slid off the left side of the road and struck a tree. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.
WOMAN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH
A woman was injured in a Friday night crash in Lincoln County. 42 year old Christina Dennis of Elsberry was on Route W when she lost control of her car, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned. She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
November 9, 2018
FIRST TRACKING SNOW FALL AND TEMPS IN THE TEENS EXPECTED TONIGHT
Slow down for the Friday morning commute as slick roads are possible. Snow has continued to taper off and exit the area overnight hours and because of dropping temperatures and wet roadways we have the potential for slick roads. Conditions will improve as roads become dry by late morning Friday. Then, colder air. Very cold temperatures are expected Saturday with wind chill values are forecast to be widespread in the single digits to teens above zero.
HANNIBAL TRUCKER INJURED IN MACON COUNTY WRECK EARLY THURSDAY
The highway patrol reports a Hannibal man was injuried on Highway 156, a half a mile east of LaPlata shortly after 3 AM Thursday morning in Macon County. According to the report 60 year old Roy W. Couch of Hannibal was eastbound when his freightliner ran off the right side of the roadway. The driver over corrected, and the tractor ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned coming to rest on the passenger side partially in the roadway. Couch received moderate injuries and was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Several agencies provided assistance at the scene including the LaPlata Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Ambulance.
FIREARMS DEER SEASON OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF SATURDAY
The fire arms portion of Deer season in Missouri starts Saturday and runs through November 20th. Details on limits allowed methods, required permits, regulations and more can be found on-line at http://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov.
November 8, 2018
LAW ENFORCEMENT CONDUCTS SEARCH IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WEDNESDAY
Callaway County was the scene of a search Wednesday for two individuals regarding a stolen vehicle. Apparently is all started when a State Trooper spotted a stolen vehicle on I-70 Wednesday morning. That was just west of Kingdom City. As the trooper pursued the vehicle, the driver drove off on the highway deliberately, crossed a ditch and traveled on to a county road. Authorities believe a while male and white female were in the vehicle which was later found abandoned just southwest of Kingdom City. The patrol and members of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department were searching with area with assistance from the Patrol’s Aircraft Division and also assisting was the Callaway County K-9 team. One person was later located and its believed the second suspect was able to elude law enforcement. Authorities cautioned area residents to be alert and keep doors and vehicles locked. The patrol is continuing their investigation.
WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A St. Charles woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Franklin County. 54 year old Victoria Gowen was on Highway 100 when she failed to maintain her lane, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
FULTON MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Fulton man was injured in an accident that occurred after 9am Wednesday in Callaway County. The patrol says that 60 year old Danny Dole was eastbound on I-70 when he fell asleep at the wheel and his car ran off the left side of the road, struck the median cables and a sign. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
November 7, 2018
UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS
Republican Josh Hawley defeated incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senator’s Race as he won with over 50 percent of the votes, while Democrat Nicole Galloway beat Republican Saundra McDowell for State Auditor also with over 50 percent of the vote. The U.S. Representative District 3 Race went to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer as he won by a wide margin of 65 percent majority. Missouri voters passed Amendment 2 legalizing medical marijuana as there were three ballot issues regarding medical marijuana as all of them would have made it legal to grow, manufacture, sell and consume it for medical use at the state level, but only Amendment 2 passed as the other two initiatives failed. Voters approved Prop. B the minimum wage increase issue by a wide margin of over 62 percent majority, but Prop. D the gas tax issue failed by over 54 percent. The Montgomery County Sales Tax issue passed with 70 percent majority.
WESTBOUND RAMPS CLOSING AT MISSOURI ROUTE 161/ROUTE J IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Beginning Wednesday, the westbound ramps will close at Missouri Route 161/Route J in Montgomery County for the bridge replacement project over Interstate 70. The ramps will be closed for approximately 13 days. Upon completion of the westbound ramps, some additional work will be completed on MO 161. Once that work is completed, the eastbound ramps will close. The specific date of closure of the eastbound ramps is unknown at this time.
November 6, 2018
TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
Polls opened at 6am across the area and will remain open until 7 o'clock tonight. Make sure you get out and VOTE!!!
NEW HAVEN TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A New Haven teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:25am Monday in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 16 year old Maya Wideman was on MO 100 when her truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned, re-entered the highway and came to rest in the middle of the roadway. She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
WOMAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK
A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Boone County. 21 year old Bailey McCully of Vienna, MO was on US 63 when her car began to slide on wet pavement, ran off the right side of the road and struck a rock bluff. She was taken to Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVERS HURT IN HEAD-ON CRASH
Both drivers were hurt in a head-on crash Monday morning in Franklin County. 51 year old Christine Webb of Robertsville was on Route O when she attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway by swerving left, but it still struck the deer, causing her vehicle to travel over the center line and struck the front of a vehicle driven by 60 year old Thomas Rolwes of Maryland Heights. The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Urgent Care in Fenton, while the man sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.
November 5, 2018
MAN INJURED IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:05am Monday in Miller County. The report states that 31 year old Travis Hettinger of Baring, MO was involved in a pursuit with Miller County Deputies when he lost control of his truck and it traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck multiple concrete blocks. He was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN GASCONADE COUNTY CRASH
A driver was hurt in a Sunday afternoon crash in Gasconade County. 54 year old Robert Morgan of Washington, MO was on Horseman Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN WRECK
A woman sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Osage County. 20 year old Kalisa Lillie of Vienna, MO was on US 63 when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway, became airborne, impacted the ground and came to rest on its top. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Weekend Report- November 3-4, 2018
MOTHER AND SON HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A mother and son from Wellsville were hurt in an accident that occurred after 6:30pm Friday in Montgomery County. The patrol says that 18 year old James Vogel was on MO 19 when the left rear tire of his vehicle came off, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike a ditch. The teen along with his passenger his mother 43 year old Christina Vogel were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK
A teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County. 19 year old Cameron Straatmann of Villa Ridge was on Route V when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road and his truck ran off the north side of the road and struck a tree. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH
A man was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in St. Charles County. 57 year old Scott Stuber of Lenexa, KS was eastbound on I-70 when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete median wall. He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.
November 2, 2018
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE DD WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK
Weather permitting; Nov. 5-7, MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route DD from Montgomery County Route E to Montgomery County Route A for culvert work. The work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day. The road will be reopened each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
YOUNG DEER HUNTERS HARVEST 13,500 PLUS DURING EARLY YOUTH PORTION
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 13,560 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, which ran Oct. 27-28. Top counties for the early youth portion were Howell with 350, Osage with 316, and Franklin with 263 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 17,412. For the latest deer harvest totals by county and portion, visit MDC’s website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew.
Archery deer hunting continues through Nov. 9 and again from Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2019. Up next for deer hunting in Missouri is the November portion of firearms deer season, which runs Nov. 10-20. That will be followed by the late youth portion of firearms deer season on Nov. 23-25. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Lastly the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 22- Jan. 1, 2019.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SPEAKS IN COLUMBIA AT RALLY
United States President Donald Trump was in Columbia last night, part of a 8 state tour that features 11 stops across the country and Columbia was his 2nd stop on the tour. He was in town hoping to encourage Republican voters to the polls next Tuesday and to support the challenger to McCaskills seat in Congress, Republican Josh Hawley. The race for the Senate seat is one of the tightest and most watched in the nation. The President said voters must decide whether they want a booming America or want to allow the Democratic leadership in Congress and Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill to wipe it all away. While the President mentioned several topics, he said a vote for Clair is a vote for higher taxes, more crime and illegal immigration. He said America is thriving under Republican leadership because the GOP is putting America first. At one point Josh Hawley took the stage and said “On November 6th, because of the leadership of President Trump, we’re going to call Claire McCaskill “fired.” Supporters arrived early for the event at Columbia Regional Airport. Signs saying “Make America Strong Again” and “Finish the Wall” were plentiful. Following the rally, thousands of people found themselves snarled in traffic trying to get home. Earlier in the day, dozens of Protestors were protesting just outside the Boone County Courthouse and said the demonstration was a” Rally for Sanity” and called President Trumps visit to Columbia a distraction.
November 1, 2018
WOMAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:40am Wednesday in Jefferson County. 51 year old Maria Rector of Mineral Point was on Highway 21 when her vehicle began to hydroplane, she lost control and it ran off the left side of the roadway, striking a wooden box and a utility pole. She was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
PSC COLD WEATHER RULE TAKES EFFECT NOVEMBER 1
The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills begins on Thursday November 1. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2019. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction. For more information on the PSC’s Cold Weather Rule, please see the Commission’s website at psc.mo.gov or call the Commission’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-392-4211. Consumers can also receive Cold Weather Rule information from their local natural gas or electric company or the local community action agency.
MISSOURI INSURANCE DIRECTOR ENCOURAGES CONSUMERS TO CONSIDER ALL FACTORS DURING HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open enrollment for the 2019 plan year begins November 1 and ends December 15 for Missourians who plan to purchase private health coverage. The time period applies to private health insurance sold either through the federal Marketplace or directly by an insurance company. Regardless of which path you choose, private health coverage can only be purchased during the open enrollment period unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
Insurance companies offering plans in 2019 are Healthy Alliance Life Insurance Company (Anthem), Ambetter from Home State Health (Celtic/Centene), Cigna and Medica. Consumers can access the department’s coverage map for more information on companies in their county.
If you purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace, your cost may be reduced if you are eligible for an advanced premium tax credit (APTC). The credits are only available if you buy insurance on the marketplace. They are not available for policies purchased off the marketplace or for policies purchased through your employer.
Missourians who have questions regarding association health plans (AHPs) or short-term limited-duration insurance should contact an insurance agent for more information.
For more information and to utilize the department’s shopping tool, visit the department’s website at insurance.mo.gov or call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390.
October 31, 2018
FATAL ACCIDENT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY TUESDAY
The Major Crash Investigative Unit of the Highway Patrol was called to investigate an accident in Audrain County that claimed the life of an out of state woman. According to the report, the wreck occurred on MO 19 at Route J at 5 pm Tuesday. 44 year old Jocelyn Narvasa of Homart, IN was westbound and entered the intersection and was struck by an 18 wheeler driven by 22 year old Daniel Brace of Norman OK. Narvasa was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the car and the 18 wheeler were totaled.
HALLOWEEN IS A DANGEROUS NIGHT FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING
Halloween is a time for ghosts and goblins, but don’t let the festive event turn into tragedy.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise. From 2012-2016, 44 percent of traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved at least one drunk driver. In total, 168 people were killed in these alcohol related crashes. In 2017, there were three serious injury crashes in Missouri on Halloween night. Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk. NHTSA reports that from 2012 - 2016, 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Drivers between ages 21- to 34 accounted for the most drunk- driving fatalities (46%) on Halloween night in 2016. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists law enforcement will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers that haven’t gotten the message to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
STATEWIDE DRILL SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH
The Missouri Department of Transportation will test its readiness to plow snow for the upcoming winter season with a statewide drill on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m. During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested. The drill serves as a training reminder to make sure proper equipment, plowing techniques and safety measures are used. In addition, every piece of equipment – every truck, motor grader, snow blower, and tractor – is inspected.
MISSOURI COMMUNTIES URGED TO SEEK INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
The Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority will be issuing $32 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to support Missouri’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The proceeds of this issuance will provide low-interest loans to communities throughout Missouri to repair or replace aging drinking water and wastewater systems. Including the EIERA bonds being issued, it is anticipated that more than $391 million in low-interest loans will be available for wastewater projects and $69 million will be available for drinking water projects for fiscal year 2019. The average interest rate over the last year was below 1.3 percent. Community leaders seeking more information on how to apply for a low-interest infrastructure loan can contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at (573) 751-1192 or email@example.com.
October 30, 2018
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Jefferson City man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:20pm Monday in Callaway County. 20 year old Courdavon Davis was on US 63 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, striking the cable median barrier. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH
A motorcyclist was injured in a Monday afternoon crash in Franklin County. 46 year old David Nichols of Sullivan was on Route K when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. He was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of moderate injuries.
COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WRECK
A Columbia woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Boone County. The patrol says that 21 year old Elizabeth Meador was on Route Z when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, became airborne, impacted an embankment and overturned. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
October 29, 2018
CULVERT WORK EXTENDED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE RB
Weather permitting; Monday and Tuesday, MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route RB from the south outer road (Tree Farm Road) to South Turkey Ridge (where state maintenance ends) for culvert work. The work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day. The road will be reopened each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
CENTRALIA WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK
66 year old Deborah Y. Stringer of Centralia was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries after her vehicle traveled off the right side of Route E, a half a mile east of Route DD in Callaway County around 11:20 Sunday morning. The auto struck a concrete culvert, became airborne and landed off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the auto returned to the roadway and came to rest facing northbound.
THREE DRIVERS FROM CENTRALIA INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT SATURDAY NIGHT
Three vehicles, three drivers, one collision at 6:31pm Saturday in Boone County. The patrol said the accident occurred on MO 124, a quarter of a mile north of Lake San Lynn Road. 31 year old Joshua D. Mealy of Centralia was eastbound and struck another eastbound vehicle and that auto was then pushed into another eastbound truck that were both stopped in traffic. One was driven by 50 year old Scott A Flowers of Centralia and the other operated by Chrystal. C. Smoot of Centralia. Smoot had minor injuries and was transported by Ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
Weekend Report- October 27-28, 2018
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
A Creve Coeur man was seriously injured in an ATV accident that occurred at 12:45am Saturday in Franklin County. 20 year old Brogan Walters was riding his ATV on Shotwell Road and traveling too fast for conditions when it overturned. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Warrenton driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Warren County. 71 year old Dennis Tittel Sr. was on Highway 47 when his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a pole. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
TEEN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY INCIDENT
A Sullivan teen was hurt in a Friday morning incident in Franklin County. 18 year old Cauy Miller was on Route AF when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.
October 26, 2018
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:40pm Thursday in Franklin County. 60 year old Ronald Cole of Gerald, MO was on Red Oak Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TROY DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Troy driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Lincoln County. 23 year old Joseph Cowan was on Route E when his truck ran off the right side of the road, began overturning and came to rest off the south side of the roadway. He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.
WOMAN HURT IN CAR CRASH
A Washington woman was hurt in a car crash Thursday evening in Franklin County. The patrol says that 54 year old Matthew Ottermann of Washington was on Route T when he attempted to cross over MO 100 to Route V and failed to yield to a car driven by Anita Emerson and the front of her car struck the right rear of his truck. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
October 25, 2018
CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Callaway County Wednesday night around 8:35pm resulted in minor injuries. The patrol reports 22 year old Donnell Jones of Florissant was westbound, near the 141.2 mile marker when his vehicle struck an unknown vehicle or object. The driver lost control and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. Jones was not injured. Two passengers in the automobile did receive minor injuries. 27 year old Jasmine Washington of Columbia refused medical treatment at the scene, however 21 year old Emmalee Sayles of Columbia was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Wentzville teen was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in St. Charles County. 13 year old Brianna Dick was a passenger in a truck driven by 20 year old Madison Lucas of Wentzville. The patrol says that a truck driven by 50 year old Thaddeus Teahan of Chesterfield was eastbound on I-64 when he swerved from lane 1 to lane 2 to avoid striking a vehicle that changed lanes in front of him and the front of his truck struck the rear of Lucas's truck. The teenage girl was transported by private auto to Progress West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK HOSTS STORY HIKE ON SATURDAY
The public is invited to participate in a story hike from 3:30 to 4pm on Saturday at Graham Cave State Park. Graham Cave was a seasonal home to Native Americans living as far back as 10,000 years ago. Join Naturalist Lorie Volenberg for this 0.3 mile moderate level hike on Graham Cave Trail where she will share the story of how the early people lived and adapted to environmental changes over the course of 9,000 years. Participants are to meet at the lower parking lot near the park's interpretive shelter. They are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Insect repellent is also recommended. Graham Cave State Park is located off I-70 between Kingdom City and St. Louis, on Highway TT two miles west of Highway 161 at the 170 Exit in Danville. For more information about the event, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476.
October 24, 2018
HEAD-ON COLLISION IN AUDRAIN COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT
The patrol investigated a head on collision on MO 19, 1.9 miles south of Route J in Audrain County at 8:49 Tuesday night. According to the report, 28 year old Ryan C. Jett of Owensville was southbound and crossed the center line and struck a northbound SUV head on. That SUV was driven by 58 year old Timothy Turner of South Beloit, IL. Following the impact, the Turner SUV overturned and the Jett auto struck a guard rail. The patrol reports Jett sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Missouri Hospital by EMS.
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY EVENING WRECK
A Bowling Green teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday evening in Pike County. 18 year old Chani McKenzie was on Highway 161 when her van traveled off the right side of the road, she overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a road sign and overturned. She was air-lifted by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MILLER COUNTY CRASH
Both drivers from Brumley, MO were injured, one seriously in a Tuesday night crash in Miller County. 26 year old Zachary Crowder was on MO 42 when his car crossed the center line and struck a minivan driven by 35 year old Allen Howard head-on. Crowder sustained serious injuries while Howard suffered moderate injuries. Both were taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.
October 23, 2018
DRIVER FLEES SCENE AFTER DEADLY COLUMBIA CRASH
The driver of a car that crashed Saturday night and killed a Columbia man is now facing formal charges as the Boone County Prosecutors office filed charges yesterday (MON) against the driver of the car, 28 year old William Lalka. Those charges include DWI (resulting in the death of another), DWI (causing serious physical injury) and leaving the scene of an accident. According to Columbia Police, the crash happened single vehicle wreck occurred around 11pm on North Stadium Boulevard near Blackfoot Road, just northwest of Cosmo Park in Columbia when the northbound car went off the road and became airborne before hitting several trees and a utility pole. Following the crash, the driver ran from the scene but was located about two hours later and taken into custody. A passenger, 26 year old Celena Shearin had moderate injuries while another passenger, 28 year old Andrew Helmreich died at the scene.. Helmreich was a veteran. Visitation is scheduled for this Friday evening with funeral services Saturday.
TWO MARSHALL MEN INJURED
One man from Marshall had moderate injuries after being thrown from a overturned car and the driver of that car sustained minor injuries in an accident Monday night around 10:40 pm.. According to the report, Samuel G. Dodd, age 23 of Marshall behind the wheel. The crash happened when the driver lost control at US Highway 24 in Saline County at 270th Road when the auto went off right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting a passenger identified as 26 year old Larry D. Cooper Jr. of Marshall. He was transported by Slater EMS to Fitzibbon Hospital for treatment. The Saline County Sheriff’s office was on site as well.
NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK IS THIS WEEK
National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21-27 and a good opportunity for parents and driving instructors to emphasize the importance of learning good driving habits to Missouri's youngest drivers. Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, understands that teaching a young person to drive can be stressful to both the parent teaching and the teenager learning. It’s an important responsibility placed on parents to guide their young son or daughter into becoming a courteous, law abiding driver.
October 22, 2018
FULTON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A Fulton man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at around 5:20pm Sunday in Callaway County. 36 year old Paul DeMarco was on Route F when his motorcycle crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH
A woman was seriously injured in a Sunday night crash in Miller County. The patrol says that 44 year old Carolyn Johnson of St. Elizabeth was on 877 Hoecker Road when her vehicle struck a tree causing her to be ejected from it. She was transported by ambulance to Capitol Region Hospital with serious injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN LINCOLN COUNTY WRECK
A driver was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Lincoln County. 27 year old Brett Rogliardi of Moscow Mills was on Route C when his SUV ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway culvert, went airborne and overturned before catching on fire and also he was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
WEEKEND REPORT- October 20-21, 2018
FATALITY ACCIDENT IN GASCONADE COUNTY
A woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 1:35pm Saturday in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 55 year old Paula Heidemann of Hermann attempted to make a turn onto MO 100 from a private drive and pulled into the path of a bus driven by 51 year old Jeffrey Mueller of Hermann and the bus struck her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while 2 passengers in her car 13 year old Autumn Kibbons and 8 year old Grace Sullivan both from Pacific, MO sustained serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment, while the bus driver and his 6 passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor to moderate injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH
A Springfield, IL man was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County. 32 year old Bryce Rawers was riding a 2018 Kawasaki Mule on a dirt road west of Hensley Road when the right side struck some brush and overturned onto its left side. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Jefferson City with serious injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK
A driver was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Jefferson County. 31 year old Justin McCloud of Festus was southbound on I-55 when his Dodge Grand Caravan traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.
October 19, 2018
CULVERT WORK PLANNED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE RB
Weather permitting; October 22-26, MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route RB from the south outer road (Tree Farm Road) to South Turkey Ridge (where state maintenance ends) for culvert work. The work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day. The road will be reopened each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.
MAN HURT IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A St. Louis man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 6:20pm Thursday in Warren County. The patrol says that 26 year old John Wehrman was eastbound on I-70 when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer driven by 58 year old Juan Nunez Gonzalez of Lake Elsinore, CA on the right shoulder and the front of his car struck the right side of the tractor trailer and then the car went off the right side of the road and struck the cable barrier. John Wehrman was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in St. Louis County. 59 year old Richard Lutz of Festus was southbound on I-55 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete median barrier, returned to the roadway before running off the left side of the road and striking the concrete median wall a second time. He was transported by private auto to Urgent Care for treatment of moderate injuries.
October 18, 2018
MAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Wright City man was hurt in an accident that occurred after 4am Thursday in St. Charles County. 37 year old Tracy Muse was eastbound on I-64 when his car struck a deer that entered the roadway. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.
MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY CRASH
A motorcyclist was injured in a Wednesday morning crash in Jefferson County. The patrol says that 38 year old Robert Moreland of Leslie, MO was riding his motorcycle on Highway 30 when he attempted to avoid traffic and ran off the roadway. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN MISSOURI CONTINUES TO EDGE DOWN
Employment in Missouri grew by 3,300 jobs in September, and the state’s unemployment rate edged down another tenth of a point to 3.2 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2000.
Nonfarm payroll employment in Missouri increased by 3,300 jobs in September, on a seasonally adjusted basis. With an upward revision of 1,800 in the August data, nonfarm payrolls have grown by 6,100 jobs since July. In September, employment grew in durable goods manufacturing (+2,200); construction (+1,300); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,200); and accommodation and food services (+1,200). September’s job gains helped push the over-the-year growth figure up to 39,300 for September, an increase of 1.4 percent from year-earlier employment. Over-the-year job growth was noted in most reported industries:
- professional and business services (+11,500)
- health care and social assistance (+9,800)
- durable goods manufacturing (+6,200)
- accommodation and food services (+4,500)
- financial activities (+2,300)
At 3.2 percent, Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is now 0.4 points lower than it was a year ago and is at its lowest level since January 2000, when the rate was 3.1 percent.
The state’s rate is half a percentage point lower than the comparable U.S. rate and has been lower than the national rate for 41 consecutive months. Missouri’s not-seasonally-adjusted rate for September was 2.6 percent; the comparable U.S. figure was 3.6 percent.
October 17, 2018
COLE COUNTY WRECK INVOLVES PERRY DRIVER
The patrol investigated a two vehicle crash in Cole County at 11:20 Tuesday morning on US 54, approximately 107 feet east of Monticello Road. The patrol said 61 year old Darrell Hall of Perry was westbound and struck another vehicle from behind. That auto was driven by 56 yea old Bruce Burkhart of Versailles. After the initial impact, the Burkhart auto traveled across the medium and eastbound lanes of US 54 and struck three mailboxes and a sign post. Burkhart received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Medical Center for treatment.
MEXICO TEEN HELD WITHOUT BOND IN AUDRAIN COUNTY JAIL ON 27 COUNTS OF SEX CRIMES
Your Source KTVO and KTVO.com reports a Mexico, Missouri teen has been charged with 27 counts of sex crimes. KTVO’s sister station, KHQA, reports court documents state Chandler Douse, 17, of Mexico along with another suspect identified as C.M., assaulted children under the age of 12 years old. An arrest warrant was issued on October 12th for Douse where he is being held with no bond in the Audrain County Jail. The report indicates all 27 charges stem from incidents that occurred between September 2016 and May of this year and include child molestation, sexual abuse, furnishing pornographic material, statutory rape, and incest. The attacks happened while the victims stayed at the homes of Douse at various locations in Mexico. A court date has not yet been set.
NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK
October 22nd – 26th is National School Bus Safety Week and a great opportunity for parents to talk with their children about their responsibilities as a passenger. The Missouri State Highway Patrol recognizes the importance of bus safety and inspects every school bus in the state each year. Eliminating distractions and the ability to hear other traffic is helpful to the bus driver. In 2017, five people were killed and 401 people were injured in 869 traffic crashes involving school buses.
October 16, 2018
MISSOURI REAL ESTATE COMMISSION WARNS OF TIMESHARE SCAM
The Missouri Real Estate Commission warns consumers and real estate brokers to be aware of recent timeshare scams. These scams involve telephone calls from individuals posing as a Missouri real estate salesperson and offering to sell the homeowner’s timeshare in the country of Mexico.
These callers falsely represent themselves by using the actual name, address and real estate license number of a Missouri real estate licensee and encourage the homeowner to contact the Missouri Real Estate Commission (MREC) to verify that information. The caller then informs the owner that if they are interested in selling their timeshare, they have a buyer. Since many timeshare owners want to “get out” of their timeshare, they agree to sell and wire money to the supposed real estate salesperson. The caller may allow a couple of weeks to pass before contacting the owner/seller to inform them they require more money to complete the transaction and close the paperwork on the deal, informing the owner they will then wire the money (proceeds) from the sale of the timeshare to the seller.
If you have been a victim of one of these timeshare scams, please contact the Missouri Real Estate Commission Enforcement Unit at (573) 751-2628, extension #4.
SOCIAL SECURITY ANNOUNCES 2.8 PERCENT BENEFIT INCREASE FOR 2019
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced earlier this month. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
ANNUAL BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN DAY SET FOR FRIDAY
Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 19 BUPD Day in Missouri, and once again the Missouri Department of Transportation is throwing down its challenge for Missourians to buckle up and put their cellphones down. Friday, October 19 is MoDOT’s Second Annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day, a time to stand up, accept the challenge and promote roadway safety. Missouri currently has a “no texting” law for drivers 21 years old and younger. But MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging all drivers to honor that ban no matter what their age. By buckling up and putting your phone down, you do your part to make Missouri’s roads safer. Over 90 percent of serious crashes are caused by some form of human error. Texting while driving increases the risk of a car crash by 50 percent and as of Sept. 30, 61 percent of 2018 fatalities involved unbuckled drivers or passengers who may have survived if they had been properly restrained. Events to commemorate Buckle Up Phone Down Day and to encourage Missourians to accept the BUPD Challenge have been planned at various locations throughout the state. For more information on what is happening near you, go to www.modot.org/buckleupphonedown.
October 15, 2018
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT
A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 2pm Sunday in St. Louis County. The patrol says that 46 year old Tori Clark of Ellisville was entering Highway 364 from the northbound ramp of Highway 141 and driving in lane 4 when her car began skidding before striking a truck driven by 36 year old Robert Morrow of O’Fallon. Her car traveled off the south side of the road, hitting the concrete median wall and overturned, ejecting her from the car. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TEEN HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK
A teenage girl was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Jefferson County. 18 year old Alhana Hargraves of Byrnes Mill, MO was on Hunning Road and traveling too fast for conditions when she failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. She was taken to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
MISSOURI INSURANCE DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE ASSISTANCE TO SENIORS DURING MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT
The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging consumers who are eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year's open enrollment. The open enrollment period, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, presents Missourians with the opportunity to change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans. To help consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance to Missourians who are eligible for Medicare and their caregivers through the department’s CLAIM program. CLAIM can also help Missourians on a limited income determine whether they qualify for a Low-Income Subsidy and/or Medicare Savings Programs to offset the cost of their prescription drugs.
Missourians can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org. The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri.
Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can contact the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.
Weekend Report- October 13-14, 2018
FULTON WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Fulton woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:40am Saturday in Callaway County. The patrol says that 25 year old Andrew Landis of Moberly was on Route WW when his car crossed the center of the roadway and struck a car driven by 26 year old Tara Jones which in turn struck a vehicle driven by 27 year old Mycheal Walker of Fulton and after impact Landis’s car and Walker’s auto came to rest in the roadway while Jones’s car came to rest in the ditch. Tara Jones was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK
A Rolla man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Franklin County. 47 year old Todd Giesler was westbound on I-44 when his car traveled off the right side of the road and crossed the North Outer Road and then the left front corner struck a ditch. He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.
DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH
A St. Louis driver was hurt in a Friday night crash in Franklin County. 21 year old Bailey McCoy was eastbound on I-44 in the left lane and driving too fast for conditions when she lost control, causing her truck to run off the left side of the roadway and hit the concrete median twice and then came to rest in the left lane facing south. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
October 12, 2018
BRIDGE WORK PLANNED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE K
Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing the following bridge work on Montgomery County Route K.
Route K - Oct. 15-18, one lane traffic at Loutre River Bridge, located west of Missouri Route 19, for bridge work. A 10 ft. restriction will be in place while the work is completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.
Route K - Oct. 15-18, one lane traffic at Dry Fork Creek Bridge, located east of Montgomery County Route HH, for bridge work. A 10 ft. restriction will be in place while the work is completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.
MO’S LT. GOV. TO VISIT SEVERAL COMMUNITIES DURING BUY MISSOURI WEEK
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will be visiting Boone, Marian, Lewis, Adair, Caldwell, Johnson, Pettis, St. Louis and Cape Girardeau counties during the first annual Buy Missouri Week, starting Saturday. Kehoe said “I look forward to traveling throughout the state to highlight Missouri businesses and Missouri-made products. Purchasing from Missouri manufacturers supports our state’s economy, but more importantly, it supports our friends and neighbors who work at these companies. Given the large variety of products made within our borders, and given the desire of many to support their local economy, I look forward to Buy Missouri Week raising awareness of Missouri-made products and motivating many to Buy Missouri both next week and well into the future.”To stay updated throughout Buy Missouri Week, follow Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Buy Missouri on social media and visit buymissouri.net for more information.
ROUTE V IN HOWARD COUNTY TO CLOSE FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
The replacement of a culvert pipe along a Howard County Road by Missouri Department of Transportation crews will result in the closure of that road on Tuesday, October 16. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports Route V will close between County Road 257 and Snoddy Street in Armstrong from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this closure and this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Wednesday, October 10 at approximately 11:37PM, the Audrain Ambulance District and Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 700 block of E Jackson in reference to a man who had been burned. Responding personnel found that a 28 year-old man from Arizona was near a recreational fire pit and poured gasoline on the small fire that was already burning in the pit. Fire traveled to the gas can and ignited the can and the man’s clothing. The man suffered significant burns to the majority of his body. A 21 year-old woman from Mexico, who was standing nearby, also received burns to one of her legs. Both the man and woman were transported to University Hospital-Columbia by the Audrain Ambulance District.
October 11, 2018
HOWARD COUNTY CRASH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON - TWO INJURED
A two vehicle accident in Howard County at 4:52pm Wednesday resulted in injuries. The patrol said a vehicle driven by 47 year old John J. Hunter of New Franklin struck the rear of another operated by 23 year old Brooke Durham of Boonville. Both vehicles traveled off the road and down a ravine before coming to rest on its wheels. Hunter had minor injuries and refused treatment on the scene. Durham sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a Columbia hospital.
RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT SENDS HANNIBAL WOMAN TO HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES
A one vehicle accident in Ralls County around 5:15 pm Tuesday evening resulted in an ambulance ride to a Hannibal hospital. The patrol said the accident occurred on Route HH, 3 miles southwest of Hannibal when 40 year old Angel M. Douse of Hannibal swerved to miss a deer and drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and the Hannibal Rural Fire department assisted at the scene.
EWING MAN ARRESTED FOR SENDING LEWD PHOTOS IN LEWIS COUNTY
On Sunday, October 7 Jesse L. Huckaby, age 42,of Ewing, Missouri was arrested by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office on two counts of attempted statutory rape in the second degree, both class E felonies, one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. On October 6, the sheriff's office received information that an adult male was sending lewd photographs to two juvenile females. The sheriff's deputies then posed as the juvenile females via text messaging or social media. Huckaby then drove to a cemetery where he thought he was meeting the juvenile females for sexual relations. Lewis County deputies then took Mr. Huckaby into custody. Huckaby remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash only bond.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Friday, October 5 at approximately 4:10pm, shortly after the Mexico High School homecoming parade, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Monroe in reference to a man urinating in public. It was reported that 47 year old Christopher Scott Bradley of Mexico was urinating on someone else’s property in a manner in which the person could see his penis. Bradley was arrested without incident and processed at MPSD. He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail for Sexual Misconduct, 1st degree.
On Friday, October 5 at approximately 9:08pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Jubel Drive in reference to the staircase of an apartment building on fire. Responding personnel found that all the residents had safely evacuated the building and extinguished the fire. The stairs suffered minor fire damage and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries from the incident.
October 10, 2018
MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:50pm Tuesday in St. Charles County. 68 year old Larry Laughlin of O’Fallon was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a sign. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.
FULTON MAN HURT IN ATV CRASH
A Fulton man was hurt in an ATV crash Tuesday afternoon in Callaway County. The patrol says that 27 year old Rollie Davis was riding his ATV on 1265 County Road 350 when it overturned onto him. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS
On Sunday, October 7 heavy rains with occasional wind and lightning moved through the Mexico area. At approximately 10:35pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of Rosebud in reference to a tree that had fallen into the roadway. The Mexico Street Department was called to the scene and cleared the road. On Monday, October 8 at approximately 1:49am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of W. Liberty in reference to a tree on fire. Responding personnel observed a tree burning, and determined that it had apparently been struck by lightning. The fire was extinguished with no further damage to any other property. There were no injuries from the incidents.
On Saturday, October 6 at approximately 2:30pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of W. Breckenridge and Grove Street in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle. Responding personnel found that a 2003 Kawasaki, being driven by 19 year old Logan Jaeger of Mexico was proceeding east in the eastbound lane of Breckenridge. A 2013 Jeep, being driven by 73 year old Ronald Biery of Mexico, pulled into the intersection into Jaeger’s path. Jaeger apparently attempted to avoid a collision and was unable to. Biery stated he did not see the motorcycle approaching when he entered the intersection. Jaeger was flown to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Investigation into the crash is ongoing.
October 9, 2018
FLOODING CONTINUES TO AFFECT MOTORISTS PLANS
With the heavy rains from the weekend and additional rainfall occurring and in the forecast, flooding continues to impact area travel plans. The National Weather Service has flood watches and flood warnings issued and MoDOT is reporting several roads closed due to high water. For a listing of routes affected, visit the MoDOT traveler information page at www.modot.org and you will also find a complete and current list of watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service by visiting the National Weather Service Hydrology Page.
SERIOUS INJURIES FOR TWO BOONE COUNTY DRIVERS
Two Columbia residents were seriously injured in an early morning collision in Boone County on Route WW, just west of Stone Mountain Parkway. The report said the wreck happened at 5:45 AM Monday when 24 year old Angela M. McHenry lost control of her eastbound auto as she went over a small hill crest, crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle in the left front. That vehicle was driven by 19 year old Logan M. Wood of Columbia. Both drivers were transported by Boone County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.
TASK FORCE 1 (MO-TF1) ACTIVATED BY FEMA - HEADED TO FLORDIA
A News Release from the Boone County Fire Protection District says Missouri’s Task Force 1 is headed to Florida as preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Michael which is expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle Wednesday night. Task Force 1 was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and deployed this (Tues) morning in route to Elgin Air Force Base in Florida. The team is comprised of 16 swift water technicians, four boats, water rescue equipment and decontamination supplies.
October 8, 2018
EMERGENCY REPAIRS BEING MADE TO RAILROAD OVERPASS AT HIGH HILL
The Norfolk Southern Railroad will be making repairs to the High Hill overpass in Montgomery County that bridges Interstate 70 near mile marker 179 on Monday beginning at 8 a.m. During the repairs, which will take place under the bridge on the right side, eastbound I-70 will be one lane to safely allow the contractor to make repairs to the bridge overpass. In addition, there will be an 11 ft. width restriction in the work area. The railroad has indicated the repairs are temporary until a permanent fix can be completed. The overpass was damaged in an incident last Monday evening.
MEN HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two men were hurt in an accident that occurred at 1:35pm Saturday in Audrain County. The patrol says that 20 year old Garrett Terrell of Mexico slowed to make a left turn into a driveway when his motorcycle was struck on the right side by another motorcycle driven by 21 year old Jacob Davidson of Mexico causing both drivers to be ejected. Davidson was taken to SSM Hospital in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries while Terrell refused treatment for minor injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon wreck in St. Charles County. 27 year old Chace Thies of St. Peters was on Highway F when he failed to maintain the right half of the roadway as the right side tires ran off the north edge of the road, he overcorrected to the left and his truck returned to the roadway and began sliding off the south edge of the road and the front left side of his truck struck an embankment and overturned. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
October 5, 2018
WOMAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:45pm Thursday in Gasconade County. The patrol says that 2 cars were stopped in the roadway blocking the northbound lane when a third car struck the other two causing one of them to strike a pedestrian. The pedestrian identified as 40 year old Shannon Buckner of Union, MO was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK
A Bowling Green driver was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Pike County. The wreck occurred when 22 year old Eric Hancock of Vandalia was driving his truck westbound on Business 54 approaching N. 15th Street just as a Ford Explorer driven by 36 year old Nadine Phillips was stopped on Business 54 waiting to turn left onto N. 15th Street and the front of his truck struck the rear of her Explorer causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a nearby building, continued through the building and struck a dumpster and the front of a fifth wheel trailer coming to rest under the front of the trailer. She was air lifted by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
TWO HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH
Two women were hurt in a Thursday morning crash in St. Charles County. 28 year old Molly Gilman of O’Fallon was entering MO 364 from Bryan Road when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck another auto driven by Kathy Opperman of St. Charles which was on the ramp and after impact Opperman’s vehicle went off the right side of the roadway while Gilman’s vehicle crossed westbound MO 364 and struck the cable barrier. Both were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
October 4, 2018
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:30am Thursday in Camden County. The patrol says that 20 year old Mitchell Miller of Osage Beach was on 6838 El Terra Road and driving too fast for conditions when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned, ejecting the driver. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
MAN KILLED IN PIKE COUNTY WRECK
A Clarksville man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Pike County. 72 year old Jerry Woodward was on Missouri Route D when he suffered a medical condition, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike a fence and continued on and then hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
JEFF CITY MAN HURT IN CAR CRASH
A Jefferson City man was hurt in a car crash Wednesday morning in Cole County. 79 year old Thomas Shouse was on Deer Ridge Road when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a light pole and then struck two residences before coming to a final stop. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
October 3, 2018
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT
A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3:45pm Tuesday in Warren County. The patrol says that 35 year old Joshua Davis of Bellflower was riding his motorcycle eastbound on I-70 when it began to wobble, he lost control and it traveled off the left side of the road. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.
DRIVER INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
A St. Clair driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Franklin County. 21 year old Nicholas Selz was on Highway N when his car ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.
WOMAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH
A New Haven woman was hurt in a Tuesday evening crash in Franklin County. 68 year old Mary Dengler was on Highway E when her truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, before catching on fire. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.
HIGHWAY PATROL ISSUES REMINDER ABOUT DEER
Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes. Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,070 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.2 hours in the state. In these crashes, there were seven fatalities and 400 people were injured. The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:59 a.m.
Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. When you see a deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways.
Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert.
October 2, 2018
DRIVERS HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK
Both drivers were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in St. Charles County. The patrol says that 64 year old Phyllis Hill of St. Peters was making a left turn from northbound Florence Drive onto westbound Missouri 94 when her car was struck by another car driven by 42 year old Tara Thomas of O’Fallon. Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.
MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A Winfield man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning in Lincoln County. 66 year old Donnie Yates was riding his motorcycle on Highway Y when it traveled off the right side of the road and struck a driveway, ejecting him from the motorcycle. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
CORN GROWERS WELCOME NEWS OF NEW NAFTA
Missouri Corn Growers Association President Mark Scott of Wentzville released the following statement in the wake of Mondays published trilateral trade announcement with the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and now renamed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the preliminary agreement would maintain valuable markets for corn growers. Mexico and Canada continue to be two tier customers when it comes to purchasing corn and corn by-products and it’s hoped their trade pact will bring some needed stability to the marketplace.
October 1, 2018
MOTORCYCLE CRASH SENDS TWO TO AREA HOSPITAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON
A motorcycle crash resulted in injuries for two area residents Sunday. The patrol said 41 year old Brandon D. Gibson of Columbia received moderate injuries when his motorcycle ran off the left side and overturned on US 63 South, just south of the MO 22 Junction in Boone County at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon. A passenger, 40 year old Tracy L. Bishop of Fulton received minor injuries. Both were transported to Boone Hospital in Columbia by ambulance.
ANOTHER SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA
This incident took place early Sunday morning around 3am in the College Avenue and Ash Street area. Columbia Police said officers found multiple shell casings on the scene. One man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound that was not life threatening. Police said multiple calls were received of gunfire in that area and at last word no arrests have been made. Police also responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of East Business Loop 70 around 5am Sunday morning and found shell casings in the area. 25 year old Andrew L. Barnette-Kruger was arrested and taken to the Boone County jail on several charges including armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated, while in possession of a controlled substance, exhibiting a firearm, unlawful possession of a fire arm and distribution of a controlled substance.
LATE NIGHT ROBBERY IN BOONVILLE
KMIZ.com is reporting two men are facing robbery charges after an incident Friday night at the Dollar General Store on West Ashley Road in Boonville. Witnesses told Boonville Police officers that one black male entered the store, showed a handgun, demanded money and then left the store with an undetermined amount of money. A Cooper County deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle traveling south on Ashley Road. When he caught up to the vehicle, deputies later arrested 43-year-old Desimond L. Fields of South Carolina and 35-year-old Dwayne T. Rivers of North Carolina. Authorities say evidence connected the suspects to the robbery at the Dollar General Store and no one was injured in the robbery.